Final

Liberty 94

(3-4, 3-2 away)

Shock 82

(1-7, 1-3 home)

    12:30 PM ET, June 23, 2011

    BOK Center, Tulsa, OK

    1 2 3 4 T
    NY 24 22 24 2494
    TUL 14 18 31 1982

    Top Performers

    New York: K. Vaughn 24 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Tulsa: E. Cambage 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Liberty top Shock to snap four-game skid

    Associated Press

    TULSA -- Cappie Pondexter surprised a spectator after scoring 23 points and dishing 10 assists to lift the New York Liberty to a 94-82 win Thursday over the Tulsa Shock.

    She handed over her orange Nike shoes to a Tulsa ball boy.

    "He was excited," Pondexter said. "He had never seen shoes like that. Before the game, he asked me if he could have them. I thought why not."

    Pondexter was pressed into point guard duty in the third period with starter Leilani Mitchell in foul trouble and rookie Sydney Colson sidelined with a knee injury.

    "We really don't like to have Cappie bring the ball up," said New York coach John Whisenant, an Oklahoma native.

    She got help on the inside from center Kia Vaughn, who finished with a season-high 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Liberty (3-4) snapped a four-game losing skid. Vaugh went 12-for-14 from the field, contributing to New York's 54 points in the paint.

    "She had a good day," Whisenant said. "(The low post) is where the game is won. We lost our post players from a year ago and this was a great opportunity for Kia."

    Former Shock forward Plenette Pierson added 14 points and four rebounds before fouling out. Liberty guard Essence Carson added 12 points off the bench and Nicole Powell had 10.

    Shock rookie Elizabeth Cambage led Tulsa (1-7) with 22 points. The 6-foot-8 Cambage was 8-of-9 from the field. Fellow rookie Kayla Pedersen was 5-of-8 and finished with 18 points.

    Ivory Latta and Tiffany Jackson added 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Tulsa, which trailed 44-32 at the half. The Shock rallied behind nine consecutive points from Cambage, closing to 58-53.

    A BOK Center crowd of 4,682 got excited after Tiffany Jackson's jumper brought Tulsa within 76-75 with just under five minutes left. But the Liberty closed the game on an 18-7 run.

    Shock coach Nolan Richardson said the team dug a hole early but tried to battle back.

    "When we got within three points and we didn't come up with the defensive rebound," he said. "Not only did we not come up with it, they got the stick back and broke our momentum.

    "We got into our pressure defense, which is the way we had intended to play. In order for us to have a chance, we would like to press quite a bit. Fatigue makes cowards of us all, and ideally I would like to press all the time," he said.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      New York Tulsa
    Points 94 82
    FG Made-Attempted 39-72 (54.167) 29-62 (46.774)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-19 (.421) 5-19 (.263)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-14 (57.143) 19-23 (82.609)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-35 4-25
    Assists 25 21
    Turnovers 19 18
    Steals 8 7
    Blocks 4 2
    Fast Break Points 16 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 23 (0/0)